Apple’s new retail store in the Dubai Mall will open on Thursday.
The architectural highlight of this Apple Store is an automated, motorised system of windows that help keep the store cool while minimising air conditioning usage.
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Apple said in a press release:
“To mitigate Dubai’s climate, Foster + Partners designed eighteen 37.5-foot-high motorised “Solar Wings” that respond to the ever-changing environmental conditions. When the sun is at its hottest they cool the store, and in the evenings they open to welcome everyone to the public terrace. Inspired by the the traditional Arabic Mashrabiya, each “Solar Wing” is locally fabricated from 340 carbon fibre reinforced polymer rods, and at 180 feet wide, the 18 panels make up one of the world’s largest kinetic art installations.”
Foster + Partners is also the architect for Apple’s new $US5 billion campus, Apple Park.